The Singularity: The Ordeal of Our Collective Hero’s Journey

Gabriel Berzescu
2 min readJun 13, 2023

In the grand narrative of our society, we stand on the precipice of a monumental ordeal: the Singularity. This term, often used to describe the point when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence, represents a transformative event that could reshape our world in ways we can scarcely imagine.

The Singularity, in the context of our collective Hero’s Journey, can be seen as a point of surrender, a moment where we must let go of our old ways and embrace the unknown. It’s a transformative event that cannot be controlled or managed, but must be experienced and adapted to.

Surrendering Control

The Singularity, by definition, represents a point of technological advancement beyond our current understanding or control. In this sense, it could be seen as an ordeal that requires us to surrender our illusion of control and accept the uncertainty of the future.

Letting Go of Old Ways

The Singularity could necessitate a letting go of old societal structures, norms, and ways of thinking. This could be a painful process, as it involves leaving behind what is familiar and stepping into the unknown. One of the most significant areas where this letting go might occur is in our institutions.

Institutional Obsolescence

As AI becomes more integrated into our society, traditional institutions may struggle to keep up. Our legal system, for example, may not be equipped to handle issues related to AI, such as liability for AI actions or the rights of AI entities. Similarly, our educational system may struggle to prepare students for a rapidly changing job market shaped by AI. This institutional obsolescence could be a significant part of the societal ‘death’ that precedes our ‘rebirth’ into a new societal structure shaped by advanced AI.

Embracing Change

The Singularity could also be seen as an opportunity to embrace change and innovation. This could involve a shift in mindset, from fear and resistance to curiosity and openness to new possibilities.

Transformation and Rebirth

Just as the hero in the Hero’s Journey is transformed by their ordeal, so too could society be transformed by the Singularity. This transformation could involve a ‘death’ of old ways and a ‘rebirth’ into a new societal structure shaped by advanced AI.

Resilience and Adaptation

This perspective emphasizes the resilience and adaptability of humanity. Even in the face of such a significant ordeal as the Singularity, humanity has the potential to adapt and find new ways to thrive.

In conclusion, the Singularity represents a significant ordeal in our collective societal Hero’s Journey. It’s a point of surrender, a moment of letting go, and a catalyst for transformation. As we navigate this ordeal, we may find that our greatest challenge is not the technology itself, but our ability to let go of old ways, embrace change, and adapt to a new reality.

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